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The Oresteia


Published February 1, 2010


The Oresteia is a trilogy by Aeschylus, one of the foremost playwrights of ancient Greece. It encompasses three plays: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Furies. It tells the tragic tale of the House of Atreus, whose inhabitants have been cursed and are doomed to play out their bloody, vengeful destinies. At the beginning of the first part, the Trojan War has ended and the Greek general, Agamemnon, is returning victorious to his wife Clytemnestra. Yet she finds it difficult to forgive his sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia, who was killed to ensure the Greek fleet fair winds in their voyage to Troy. Her desire for vengeance, and its dire consequences, instigates the action of these poetic tragedies. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Cast list:
AGAMEMNON, king of Mycenae, read by StephenC
AEGISTHUS, cousin to Agamemnon, read by mb
ORESTES, son of Agamemnon, read by David O'Connell
CLYTEMNESTRA, wife of Agamemnon, read by Christie Nowak
CASSANDRA, a Trojan princess, read by Kristin Hughes
ELECTRA, sister of Orestes, read by Claire Goget
APOLLO, god of the Delphic oracle, read by Andrew Lebrun
ATHENA, goddess of wisdom, read by Catharine Eastman
PYTHIA, a priestess of Apollo, read by Kirsten Ferreri
A WATCHMAN at Mycenae, read by Joe Earley
A HERALD from Troy, read by tipaew
NURSE to Orestes and Electra, read by Elizabeth Klett
ATTENDANT of Aegisthus, read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
ATTENDANT WOMAN of Athena, read by Jennifer Stearns
NARRATOR read by Justin Barrett
CHORUS in Agamemnon, read by Andy Minter
CHORUS in The Libation-Bearers, read by Jc Guan
CHORUS in The Furies, read by Kara Shallenberg, Rosalind Wills, and Christie Nowak
PYLADES, read by Annoying Twit

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Reviewer: librivoxbooks - - September 9, 2013
Subject: Translated by...
E. D. A. Morshead, actually.

Much more information, including details of the translator, is available on the LibriVox catalogue page: http://librivox.org/the-oresteia-by-aeschylus/
Reviewer: torgman - - September 9, 2013
Subject: Translated by...
EDS Moreshead
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